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October 23, 2010

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October 23, 2010

I had the opportunity to fund-raise for ASA as I prepared for the Celebration Triathlon. It is humbling to see how much ASA can do with modest donations- providing challenged athletes an avenue to experience the thrill of competition! From severely physically challenged kids to children in foster care, ASA treats children and their caretakers with respect, compassion and encourages them to make the most of their lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing volunteers race with disabled children. A good friend of mine also volunteers with the foster children who participate in this program- the programs benefits not only the children but the volunteers as well.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them raise enough money to add more staff.

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

ASA does their thing diligently, faithfully, and generously. They are diligent in the scope of what they do. There is a work ethic and sacrifice that they make look easy - even though it's not. They are faithful to their athletes, their supporters, and other organizations. Everyone is a friend. And ASA always shows up and performs with excellence over and over again. They are generous. See above. They do nothing but give and give and give.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Smiles on the faces of young people I know. Smiles on the faces of other people as they are inspired by the work of ASA.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have more people know about ASA!

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

ASA is an amazing organization that helps athletes with disabilities achieve their goals of participating in various competitions. They don't stop at just pairing athletes for a single race, they have a mentoring program that builds relationships between the ASA volunteers and the athletes they serve. As an occupational therapy student, it is great to have an organization that enables young adults with disabilities to meet their full potential and participate in meaningful ways! They also use state of the art equipment for their all their atheletes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing young adults who use wheelchairs be able to finish a race with smiles on their face. There is nothing like seeing them cross the finish line. Being a part of this organization has confrimed for me personally that occupational therapy is the career for me!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more funding to be able to reach more young adults and to purchase the equipment they need in order to provide a quality services.

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

My family has had the opportunity to participate in several ASA events and they have all been inspirational and done with great excellence and care. the love and honor shown to people with physical challenges is extraordinary. We also have a dear friend and his family who have been blessed beyond words by this organization. This young man, 18 and in a wheel chair, has had his life forever changed by the efforts of this remarkable organization. Kit Elmer

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering for events ans seeing a dear friend and his family touched by this organization.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd just like to see it grow and be able to help more people.

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

I have had the fortune to be part of quite a few of ASA's events. ASA brings joy, passion, and strength to those so often left behind. This organization does things with excellence, professionalism, and grace. This is a non-profit that gets it right. The faces of challenged athletes as they cross the finish lines will give you the chills. Being at these races gives life to everyone there. I truly think this is not just a way the challenged athletes are served, it is a way they serve the rest of us!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing youth with disabilities experience the joy and thrill of competition.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more people on board as donors and volunteers

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

The only non-profit that I have seen that allows challenged athletes to compete.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

Athletes Serving Athletes made it possible for my twin brother and I to finish our first fun run, a half marathon. They loaned us a chair to make Patrick and I dream come true! If it wasn't for ASA, I would still be in in my planning phase on how am I going to raise enough money to buy a chair. ASA is a great organization and I plan to run many races with them in the future years! I am so glad they have started this in the Baltimore/DC area. Thank you David and everyone else who has made ASA dream come true. Benjamin Green

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a positive manner. I know they have touched the lives and hearts of many people out in the world.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money, so they can continue to keep doing what they are doing!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Internet

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

I have the privilege of working with the foster kids who are supported by ASA. To be able to provide these kids with a weekly exercise program so that they can race and experience what it feels like to cross a finish line, is incredible. For the first time in some of theses kids' lives, they feel really proud of something they've worked hard for. These experiences are very powerful. I see these kids beginning to make better choices for their bodies, in school, and with their interactions with their peers. ASA has a significant impact on these kids' lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

races with kids in foster care.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

quit my real job and volunteer full time to help raise money so that ASA can keep helping these challenged kids.

October 22, 2010

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October 22, 2010

I have had an opportunity to see ASA's work first-hand as a volunteer. Last Saturday at 5am, I was in the car as we picked up James Banks for his 3rd Baltimore Marathon. His smile can warm anyone's heart and his face lit up when he saw the new "red rocket" chair that ASA was able to receive through a grant. James was tired with his eyes glazed over at the end of the 4-hour marathon, but he hasn't stopped talking about the race and he has a trophy case at home where he is proud of each and every medal. This season we had 38 athletes compete in triathlons and raise money for ASA. It was so easy for them to raise because of the tangible impact ASA has on athletes like James. These Team ASA members enabled 50+ other challenged athletes cross the finish line.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life and had the opportunity to experience it first hand at the Baltimore Marathon.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add an additional staff person to assist the director and empower the board with a strategic plan (which is coming this month and takes time with a new non-profit).

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